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UK Data Service events for June/July 2013

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UK Data Service logoBooking is open for the following UK Data Service events:

2011 Census update webinar: Using InFuse to access tabular data

A free hour-long webinar, on 25 June 2013 at 3pm, which will provide a brief update on the production and availability of the various types of outputs from the 2011 UK Census.

The update will be combined with an introduction to using the InFuse interface to access aggregate data from 2011 and previous censuses using simple and direct topic-based searches rather than the traditional method of searching through the large number of census tables.

There will be a presentation for the first 30 minutes of the webinar, with a further 30 minutes for questions and answers.

Further information and booking:

Understanding and accessing 2011 Census aggregate data

Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester
Thursday 4 July 2013, 11am – 4pm

A free, one-day workshop, organised by UK Data Service Census Support, which will provide an introduction to the aggregate data outputs from the 2011 UK Census.

UK censuses provide an unparalleled resource of high quality information about a wide range of current and historical demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population across the UK.

As well as the introduction to the aggregate data outputs, the workshop will include hands-on sessions giving an opportunity to explore the InFuse interface. InFuse is designed to simplify access to and understanding of these data.

The workshop will be of interest to existing and potential academic users of census outputs.

Further information and booking:

Introduction to the Wealth and Assets Survey

Brettenham House, London
Monday 8 July 2013, 9.45am – 12.30pm

This free to attend meeting, organised by the UK Data Service, is an opportunity for users of the Wealth and Assets Survey to meet with the production team from the Office for National Statistics and key users from policy departments to learn about recent developments and to discuss and influence upcoming developments to the survey. In addition, presentations of work from some data users will be given, demonstrating the potential uses of this survey.

To view the programme and book a place please go to

Family Resources Survey user meeting

Brettenham House, London
Monday 8 July 2013, 1 – 5.15pm

This free half-day meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the Family Resources Survey. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. To view the programme and book a place please go to

Health surveys user meeting

NatCen, London
Thursday 11 July 2013, 12.30 – 5.45pm

This free half-day meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of information and views between users and producers of the UK health surveys. It is aimed primarily at users and potential users of survey microdata. The programme contains a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers.

To view the programme and book a place please go to


Doctoral researchers wanted to talk about challenges of PhD in the UK

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Interview (Photo credit: smiling_da_vinci)

Angel Productions has made a number of videos for PhD students  and is now producing a video about coming to the UK as a PhD student from overseas.

They would like to interview students from different countries about the benefits and the challenges of a PhD in the UK.  Filming will take place in the week beginning July 15th.  If you will be in Sussex or London during that week and would be willing to take part, please email Stephen Engelhard,, giving your contact details.  Steve would like to chat on the phone initially, and will answer any questions you might have before deciding whether to take part in the video.

p.s. If you are a Sussex researcher, you can view The Good Viva, The Good Supervision and The Good Presentation videos via our Researcher Development E-Learning site on Sussex Direct (use your ITS username and password to log in).

Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts. Half-day workshop for researchers, 5th July

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Find out about peer review.
Debate challenges to the system.
Discuss the role of peer review for scientists and the public.

Sense about Science logoVoice of Young Science logo

Sense About Science is now taking applications for a free peer review workshop at the University of Sussex in Brighton on Friday 5th July, followed by a drinks reception. To apply, email Victoria ( with a CV and short cover letter. Application deadline: 21st June.

Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts is a free half-day workshop for early career researchers and will explore how peer review works, how to get involved, the challenges to the system, and the role of peer review in helping the public to evaluate research claims.

Should peer review detect plagiarism, bias or fraud? What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Should reviewers remain anonymous? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down?

To apply Send a CV and cover letter, explaining your reasons for applying and stating any affiliations  you hold, to Victoria Murphy, The closing date for applications is Friday 21st June now extended to Monday 24th June!


  • Professor Mike Clemens, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Sussex;
  • Dr Michael Curtis, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods;
  • Irene Hames, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Council, and independent editorial consultant and adviser to the publishing, higher education and research sectors;
  • Julia Wilson, development manager for Sense About Science.

Full details about the Brighton workshop:

More information about Peer Review: The Nuts and Bolts

PGRs: Rate the Students’ Union and review the year

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A message from the Sussex Students’ Union…

Students' Union logoYou can rate the Students’ Union via our annual online survey –

Whether you love the Students’ Union, hate us or are indifferent, we’re really keen to hear your thoughts. You can comment on a range of services and activities to help ensure they reflect a broad range of student opinions. You could also win a cash prize!

Tomorrow (Friday 7 June) the Students’ Union are holding an end-of-year review meeting. All members are invited to attend to hear about what the Union has been doing, what we have planned and put your questions to the Full-time Officers. This meeting is the Union’s Annual Members’ Meeting to which all students are invited.

What do you want to find out? Come along and ask your question:

  • Why do I have to pay to join a sports club?
  • How much money will be spent on Student Reps next year?
  • How did the Union choose its campaigns this year?
  • What are the plans for the Falmer House Common Room?

There will be a presentation in the Falmer House Common Room at 4pm, followed by a opportunity to ask the Full-time Officers questions.

You can join this event on Facebook –

There is more information online including details of our accounts and budget plus reports from each of the Full-time Officers at

You can subscribe to fortnightly emails from the Students’ Union to hear more about events, news and what we’re working on. You can sign up at

Sussex PGRs: Organisers wanted for Postgraduate Association Conference!

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Today’s post is from Akin Oyawale, the Chair of the Postgraduate Association at Sussex…

USSUfalmerHse2Dear PGA Member,

This is to inform you that the Postgraduate Association will hold a small 1-day Postgraduate Conference based on the topic: ‘how can we create a postgraduate students’ community at Sussex?’

The conference may discuss AT issues, PG networking and funding, postgraduate social events among other things. This is just a broad suggestion as it will be up to the working group to decide the content of the conference and how it is structured.

The date of the programme is most likely between June and July 2013 and the PGA is looking for a small group of PGT and PGR students (possibly between 6-8 students) who will be willing to help organize the conference.

Your response is required by latest next week so preparations can begin in earnest.


Akin Oyawale,

Postgraduate Association Chair,
University of Sussex Students’ Union

T: 01273 678641
Tw: @ussupga

Researcher Development Programme: June workshops

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Summer 2013 programme of workshops and development opportunities


June workshops for the RDP are listed below. If you find the workshop of your choice is fully booked, it’s worth adding your name to the waiting lists as places may become available. These activities are free, but booking is essential. Book your place. If you have any questions about our workshops please get in touch with us at

3rd June 13.30-17.00 – Presenting and Performing your Paper

This highly participative theatre-style workshop will use techniques borrowed from the stage to teach you how to make the best use of your voice, control your nerves, deal with the unexpected, control your body language, and perform your academic paper.

4th June 10.30-12.30 Managing your Research Data: how to plan, organise, keep safe and share your data

How safe is your research data? What would happen if you lost it all? This session will help you to consider where and how to store your data to keep it safe, find other datasets that might save you time and discover how your data can be shared to increase your citations.

4th June 14.00-16.30 – Creating a Blog with WordPress

This hands-on session will take you through the basic process of creating a blog with WordPress, from initial setup through to your very first post. Participants should have a basic level of technical knowledge and have a blog idea ready, along with some content to publish.

4th June 16.00-18.30 – Save a Life: First Aid Training with the Red Cross

The course will show participants how to recognise and deal with someone who is choking, someone who is unconscious, someone who is not breathing and someone who is in cardiac arrest. It will be a very practical course giving everyone the chance to practise various skills.

5th June 09.15-17.15 – Tell the World About It! Media Training for Researchers

This workshop is run by two ex-BBC journalists and will benefit researchers wishing to gain media interest in their research, or to present their work to non-academic audiences. You’ll learn what the media want, how to identify and present ‘media-friendly’ elements in your research and how to deal with difficult questions in interviews.

10th June 13.00-15.15 – Writing your Thesis (for Doctoral Researchers in the Social Sciences)

Do you need advice or tips on how to write your thesis? This workshop is designed for both researchers who are about to start writing and those who have already begun. Suitable for Social Sciences researchers in their 2nd year and above.

11th June 14.00-16.30 – Making the Most of Conferences

Are you due to attend your first academic conference? Come along to find out how to make the most of your conference experience, hear tips from experienced researchers, and learn how to effectively prepare for conference attendance.

12th June 14.00-17.00 – Working with your Supervisor

Would you like to be able to communicate more clearly, listen more effectively, and be more confident in building and maintaining your professional and academic relationships? This session will help you deal with any current communication issues and make the most of supervisory and professional relationships throughout your doctorate and beyond.

17th June 10.00-17.00 – Becoming an Effective Researcher

This one-day workshop aims to enhance your effectiveness as a doctoral researcher by building your understanding, skills and confidence in communication, time management, problem solving, and assertiveness. The workshop will cover the keys skills required of a researcher, such as project management, working effectively with others, and managing professional relationships. Suitable for 1st and 2nd year researchers.

17th June 11.00-12.30 – Developing your Sussex Online Profile

Within this session you will receive support to set up and develop your online researcher profile, a useful tool in promoting yourself and your research. We will cover what sort of information you should include, how to make the most of it, and provide guidance in setting up and maintaining your profile.

18th and 19th June 09.30-16.30 – Creativity in Academic Writing

This two-day writing workshop gives you an opportunity to reflect on your academic studies, your writing processes and yourself as an academic writer. We will introduce creative writing techniques such as freewriting and finding your writing voice to improve your own academic writing.

18th June and 25th June 14.00-16.00 – Advanced Presentation Skills (Arts and Humanities)

This two-part workshop covers advanced presentation skills, and how to present complex research data, techniques and ideas. Participants will receive guidance, advice and feedback in how to design and deliver a presentation. Suitable for Arts and Humanities researchers in their 2nd year and above.

19th June 14.00-17.00 – Preparing to Complete your Doctorate

How can you effectively prepare for the final year of your research studies? How do you ensure that you stay on track, overcome obstacles, and get over the final hurdles of submitting your thesis and undertaking your Viva? For those researchers preparing to complete their doctorate, this workshop will help you.

24th June 10.30-12.00 – Publishing Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

This is an eye-opening lecture on academic publishing in the 21st century, covering the state of the market for scholarly publications, online publishing, open access and more. The lecture is packed with insights into editors’ decision-making and strategies for maximising the chances of publication in a competitive climate. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

26th June 14.00-17.00 – Taking Control: Time, Project and Stress Management

Are you in the later stages of your research studies? Perhaps working part time and/or teaching as well, whilst trying to maintain a life outside your doctorate? In this session we will equip you with time and project management tools which will increase your personal effectiveness and help you to manage your doctoral research and responsibilities.

26th June 14.30-16.30 – Does your Research Require Ethical Review?

This practical workshop will cover the key principles of undertaking ethical research, and how to go about obtaining university ethical approval for your research project. There will be an opportunity to consider some case studies and to ask questions about your own research.

27th June 10.00-12.00 – Introduction to Poster Presentations

This workshop is an opportunity to consider poster presentation: what you want from your poster, how are you to go about producing it, and what level of effort to invest in it. We will have past posters put up around the room, with opportunities for viewing and criticism.

BBQ tomorrow: now at East Slope Bar! Plus drinks voucher offers.

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Change of Venue

The weather forecast is not great, so we have initiated our rain plan! The BBQ will go ahead, now at East Slope Bar, rather than Falmer Bar. East Slope bar will be closed to the public for the afternoon, and the premises entirely used for our BBQ! Plenty of inside space should it be required, and a covered outdoor cooking area – what’s not to like?

Drinks Vouchers exchange rate

Your drinks vouchers can be used at both bars tomorrow, and will also be accepted in Falmer Bar tomorrow evening should you wish to use them there for the Cocktail night.

Pool your vouchers for more! Get together with pals, and for 5 x drinks vouchers you can get either a bottle or Cava or two jugs of Pimm’s. Bargain.voucheroffer